San Francisco City Championship: 2 Champs fall

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (March 1, 2008)-- Six-time San Francisco City winner Gary Vanier and two-time defending champ Diane Kwon were each defeated Saturday in their Round of 16 matches of this year's installment of the event, held at Harding Park.

Vanier held a two-hole lead over Taylor Travis through eight, but saw his putter abandon him down the homestretch while Travis came on strong to take a 2 & 1 victory.

Travis said after the match that he knew Vanier had won the event, but was surprised to hear just how accomplished his opponent was.

As for himself, the long and solid ball striker's short game is showing signs of "peaking" entering the quarterfinals.

"My putting has been pretty solid," said Travis. "During qualifying it was horrendous, but it's come back."

He will take on Tim Honeycutt, who topped Andrew Haggen 3 & 2, on Sunday.

"I've never had a match against Tim, but I know him through junior golf," said Travis. "It's going to be one hell of a match, there's going to be a lot of birdies I have a feeling."

Another former champ is still alive as Randy Haag didn't give opponent Scott Hardy much of a chance after sinking several 20-plus foot putts en route to a 5 & 4 victory.

He made five birdies and an eagle over 14 holes.

Haag will face off Sunday with the medalist, Colby Smith, who again looked sharp in a 4 & 3 win over Freddy Wolfe.

The pair were matched in the same foursome on Saturday, giving each other a preview of their quarterfinal opponent.

"He's got good distance control with his irons, even a miss with is driver and he's still hitting the ball 320 so he has a short iron in," Haag said of Smith. "But I don't mind hitting into the greens first, sometimes you can put some pressure on your opponent going first."

"What did I learn watching him?" said Smith. "Watch out for his putter, he is a very solid putter."

In the other matches, Eric Meeker downed Kory Storer 2-up and will face off with Kent Yamane, who beat Adam Barkow 2 & 1.

Martin Trainer defeated Dennis Carson 2 & 1 to set up a quarterfinal contest with Nick Sako, who beat Matt Lewis 1-up.

For the full championship flight bracket, click here.

In the women's division, Jordan Ontiveros completed a late comeback to overcome two-time defending champion Diane Kwon 1-up with a five-foot par putt on the 18th hole.

"I had the option of playing it safe with the three-wood or going with driver," said the 17-year-old Ontiveros. "I said, know what, this is the 18th hole let's just smack it down the middle. Then I hit the green and two-putted for par."

Ontiveros said her father caddying for her helped break some of the nerves of playing Kwon, who had limited time to practice for the event after undergoing ankle surgery after a skateboarding accident.

Kelly Wilson, a former tennis pro, defeated Casie Cathrea in 19 holes to advance.

For the full women's championship bracket, click here.

Then senior men were off for the weekend, they will resume semifinal play next weekend. For a look at that bracket, click here.

For a look at the brackets of the open flights' John Susko bracket, click here, for the Ken Venturi bracket, click here, and for the Harvie Ward bracket, click here.

amateurgolf.com would like to thank Kemper Sports and the San Francisco Parks and Recreation Department, and be sure to check back in Sunday for video coverage of the quarterfinal round.


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